Allergies are known to affect the body in many ways. Some signs may include a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and a scratchy throat. Skin issues, too, are another reason to suspect that you are suffering from seasonal allergies. While you may not be able to entirely avoid allergies, there are preventative measures you can take to reduce the risk of unwanted symptoms. In this article, we will go over some of the more common ways that allergies can be affecting your skin, as well as what you can do to prevent them.
Allergies are caused by histamines, which are chemicals secreted by white blood cells into the bloodstream to bolster the body’s immunity against allergens. When histamines are released, they can increase inflammation in the body, which has the effect of making the skin more sensitive to problems. Some inflammatory conditions of the skin include eczema, hives, acne and dry patches. In some cases, these conditions can be itchy and painful. Some people may feel a compelling need to scratch at their skin, which can damage the dermis and lead to scarring down the road. Some people are more sensitive to seasonal allergies due to genetics. The geographical location in which you live may also play a role in how your skin responds to the environment.
While genetic and environmental factors cannot be eliminated, there are a number of preventative steps a person can take to reduce the risk of unwanted allergic skin reactions. Consider some of the following:
- Spend more time indoors when you know that there is a high number of pollen and allergens in the air. Spring and summer months are usually the worst for people that are sensitive to outdoor allergies. If you have to spend time outdoors, consider wearing a mask and clothes that cover your arms and legs.
- Keep the windows of your house and car closed to keep pollen out. You may need to raise your AC higher if it is during warmer months.
- Wash your pillow and bedsheets weekly. Pollen can get trapped in the fabric of your bed over time. If you are not one to take a shower before going to bed at night, you will need to wash your sheets more frequently.
- Use air filters at home or in your office. Air filters are relatively inexpensive and can help eliminate allergens and dust in the air.
- Reduce your stress and anxiety levels by practicing mindful breathing, meditation, or other relaxation techniques. Stress and anxiety can decrease the body’s immune system and put one at greater risk for allergic reactions.
- Use skincare products that don’t contain fragrances, parabens, dyes, or oils. Check to see if the product you are purchasing is labelled as hypoallergenic. Hypoallergenic products, such as silicone gel for scars, do not cause allergic reactions on the skin.
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